We met on a train to Moscow
We had the same feelings as you are thinking right now, on the train for a few days at a stretch, we going to get really really bored, there is nothing much to do, and how wrong could we be to think that and we were proved wrong. You quickly settle into a certain rhythm of life on board the train and find plenty to occupy your time.
You settle into a certain rhythm on the train, few books, and a good french wine to enjoy. Most of our time was spent looking at the beautiful scenery, sleeping, exploring the train top to bottom, carriage by carriage, taking photos, making tea, lots of tea….
Frequent visits to the restaurant car to spend time and socialising with fellow travellers. Most Stations have stalls to buy food and beverages.
Smoked fish vendor on one of the train stations. If you still feel bored after all this, every carriage has a big TV on both sides, a TV that has no remote and no channels, its just one show and thats natures show that you can watch all day long, the lush green fields, country side houses with lots of vegetables farms and grazing animals. A nice honey Vodka and a big TV to gaze through..
Do we need to know Russian to become friends with fellow passengers? You get to meet a lot of fellow Russians on the train and they were all very sociable and friendly. This lovely daughter and mom were our fellow kupe mates and became good friends, we are still in touch with them, we exchanged lots of stories over the 2 days along our journey.
We did not know Russian and they did not know English very well, but we talked for hours using Google Translate, have a peek on the tech essentials for the trip that helped us quite a bit. Lovely daughter and mom we met on the train and became good friends.
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Sharing food and ice creams… quite normal on the route. Small gifts and souvenirs are quite handy to start a conversation. The train crosses several countries and hence a few border crossings and procedures, they can take anywhere from three to seven hours. Immigration and customs officers of the country you are leaving check passports and visas and collect customs forms.
The first time we saw so many international travellers is between Irkutsk in Russia to Mongolia and the longest border crossing of around 8 hours, arrived in the morning, we were all sat inside the carriage at the sweltering mid day mongolian sun, the tin carriage made sure it kept us all at a lovely 40c until all checks were done and were all finally let out to chill in the midday sun, first thing we did was to run out to the shops and grab some ice creams.
The trains were then taken away for what seemed to be ages before finally arriving and taking us all to the Mongolian side.
A well deserved break, and a chance stock up on water and other essentials here. A well deserved break after the sweltering mid day sun. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. I like to think we all played a part in making it such a terrific trip, but our special thanks go to Anton for being the glue that held us all together on this very special and memorable adventure on the Trans-Siberian express.
I have a love of Africa since my childhood but all travel is great and the older I get the more adventurous. The natural world, wildlife and scenery are a passion but so too are the peoples of the world and the pleasure derived from overcoming the barriers of language and culture. Thirty years ago I never dreamed I would be speaking Chinese and Russian, or getting a haircut in Mongolia from a hairdresser who spent 7 years working in Manchester! I never want to stop travelling and learning. Great article! I am thinking of doing the same trip. What time of year did you go as in your pics, you are wearing toques and jackets.
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Rachel, you bring back our memories. You said it all and very well put together. I almost have tears of joy that we had really good time together. Special thanks to Anton also to everyone in our group that made this group special. Facebook Twitter. The gang. Russian lessons on the Tran-Siberian. Anton and the author hanging out on a swing. Rachel Guinee I have a love of Africa since my childhood but all travel is great and the older I get the more adventurous.
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